Kyle F. Zelner
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Dr. Zelner teaches courses in the history of colonial and Revolutionary America, early American war and society, social history methodology, and history methods and writing. In 2011, he was awarded the Excellence in University Teaching Award for his distinguished record teaching both graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Zelner became Chair of the History Department in 2013. Zelner is also a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of War & Society at Southern Miss and was the program committee coordinator for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History. Dr. Zelner was elected a lifetime member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts in 2011, becoming the only scholar in the state honored with that distinction.
Dr. Zelner’s book A Rabble in Arms: Massachusetts Towns and Militiamen during King Philip’s War was published in 2009 as the inaugural volume in the Warfare and Culture series by New York University Press. The study examines the social background of impressed soldiers during King Philip’s War (1675-1676) and the government system which impressed them; he argues that the conventional wisdom about a broadly democratic militia in seventeenth century colonial America is largely false. The book received favorable reviews in the Journal of American History, Choice, Connecticut History, “H-War” on H-Net, the Journal of Military History, the Journal of America’s Military Past, and the New England Quarterly. Zelner has presented his research at number of professional conferences, including meetings of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Society of Military History, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Watchman Center, the Great Lakes Historical Society, and the American Historical Association, as well as for the Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series at the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His other publications include an article in the New England Quarterly; contributions to the Encyclopedia of North American Colonial American Warfare to 1775, the Encyclopedia of American War Literature, and the Encyclopedia of U.S. Military History; and numerous book reviews.
He is currently working on an co-edited volume (with Dr. Heather Stur) which will explore the social history of American veterans from 1607 to present and on his second monograph, a study that uses colonial New England’s office corps as a lens into the culture of Early American warfare.